Dahlia flowers - Pictures and How to grow and care for dahlias

Updated on May 30, 2016

Dahlia flowers - facts and pictures

Dahlia flowers are stunning and are show stoppers in any garden. It is known that there are at least about 270,000 varies of Dahlias that are available today. Dahlias make wonderful cut flowers and gifts, but your gift could be more long lasting if presented as a potted plant. These hardy plants are non fussy and can be grown in any kind of soil. These tuberous plants are easy to care for and come in a variety of exotic colors and shapes. Dahlias can be grown from seeds as well as tubers, though I would consider it a safe bet to grow them from the tubers. These are annuals and will last from late spring to summer.


How to grow dahlias

Any garden soil is good enough for dahlias. Add a little bit of fertilizer low in nitrogen into a pot of loam, moss and sand and you could grow dazzling dahlias that can be put the rest of your garden in the shade. Once the dahlias start blooming even orchids have to take the second place. Dahlias need plenty of sunshine, at least about five to six hours of sunshine. Plant the tubers in the sunniest part of your garden.


Enjoy these beautiful dahlia flower pictures as you learn about them

The Dahlia flower is the photographers delight. The textures and the rich colors make even the ordinary lens men and women like me look like specialists. Dahlias can be potted in mid spring. The tubers should not be buried too deep in the soil, it would be sufficient to have them planted in holes that are six inches deep and covered lightly with loam and peat moss. These plants are suitable for small spaces as well as they can be grown in pots. If you grow them in your garden make sure you space the tubers well, give 12 - 18 inches between each plant.


Growing dahlias is easy

Did you know that dahlias are edible? Yes they are, but the ornamental value of the plant far out weighed the food value of the plant and today many people do not know that dahlias are edible. Some dahlias grow quite tall and need to be supported with stakes, make sure that the stakes are a good six inches away from the plant so that you do not hurt the tuber. Pinching of the head of the plant allows new shoots and buds to form. There are dwarf dahlias that may be suitable to be grown in large clumps too.


Tip and tricks with Dahlia flowers

Dahlias can be made to flower all through the season by cutting off the dried flower heads and allowing the plant to branch out further. Watering them frequently not allowing the soil to dry out too much between watering, helps the dahlia plant thrive. These stunning flowers are sure to brighten up your garden, and homes. When you harvest the flowers make sure you cut close to the leaf joint, you could cut a part of the main stem but just above the leaf joint to encourage fresh growth and flowers.


The stunning colors and textures is what makes dahlias the delight of gardeners. Periodic feeding of fertilizer ensures healthy blooms throughout the season. Did you know that dahlia tubers were first used in the treatment of Diabetes?

If you could preserve the tubers when the plant blacken and fades after the flowering season is over, you would have them ready for the next season. Clean the tubers, dry them in a warm shady place (never directly under the sun) and store them with peat moss in perforated containers or bags during the long winter months.


Growing dahlias can be an easy and satisfying experience. If you want a huge bloom pinch away the side shoots and buds allowing only a few huge blooms to develop. This way you will have a huge, even a dinner plate sized dahlia in your garden. These showy blooms will surely dominate every conversation and turn every eye towards your garden.


Making Dahlia flowers last

After cutting Dahlia flowers for arrangement you can make your dahlias last longer by placing the stems in a jar of hot water. The at least two inches of the flower stalk needs to be in the water, not more than that. Allow the water to come to room temperature in a non heated place before you arrange them. The immersed part of the stems look a little browned out, but the flowers last for almost a week and stay as gorgeous as ever in your living room.


These flowers bloom into the early autumn season, much long after your other blooms have faded. They will soon become your joy and your pride. Even if you are not a great gardener you will soon be looking forward to the season to take out the tubers and to get them growing in your garden. Happy dahlia days to you :)


You can buy every imaginable color and shape of dahlias as you like. If you do not have the patience to grow dahlias from the seeds or tubers get flowering plants from the nurseries to inspire you. My mornings are made beautiful by these flowers that color and brighten my day. I hope you are inspired enough to get them into your garden this season.

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        Muneer Ahmed 

        7 months ago

        Which season is best for dehlia plants here in Pakistan ???

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        12 months ago

        can I transplant some of my dahlia bulbs even when they are still blossoming?

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        Marta Ferguson 

        12 months ago

        I planted dahlias this year but have no flowers. Beautiful plant, healthy

        What did I do wrong?

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        22 months ago

        Where can i buy dahlia roots here in the philippines

      • photostudiosupply profile image


        5 years ago from Rochester, New York

        Very beautiful pics. I am sure that good photographic equipments were used for this photography.

      • sofs profile imageAUTHOR


        6 years ago

        AmyEliza, Thanks for taking the time to stop by. I appreciate it very much. Have a lovely day.

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        6 years ago from Toronto

        These are my favourite flowers. My Nana used to grow them in her garden. Glad I saw this post. Great insight!

      • sofs profile imageAUTHOR


        6 years ago

        Mujtuba, I am honestly unaware of making different color combinations with a couple of tubers... but may be well worth the study.. will let you know if I come across such information.. Have a great day!

      • sofs profile imageAUTHOR


        6 years ago

        Thanks Will for stopping by. Maybe someone will when they read this! I have written most of what I know here! Have a great day!

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        6 years ago

        If anyone has any amazing facts about Dahlia please send it to gerawil@ncia.net. This is for a classroom project. Thank you WIll

      • sofs profile imageAUTHOR


        6 years ago

        There you are spying my dahlia's !! Thanks for admiring them.. The dahlias are back again..but the buds seem much smaller this time.. I have already fixed the supports.. hopefully I will have more pictures to show.. Thanks for the hint.. Cutting out the side buds always ensure bigger flowers, but I would still take precautions with the support, who wants their baby to bend and break!! LOL . Thanks for you kind comment. have an awesome day!

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        6 years ago from Sunny Art Deco Napier, New Zealand.

        Such lovely photos. We used to have a large section and had lots of dahlias. I used to pick out the tiny buds to try and allow the bigger central bud to grow well. It did stop them bending and breaking until wind and rain would break the stems with the weight of the flowers.

      • sofs profile imageAUTHOR


        6 years ago

        Thank you everyone for taking the time to look up my Dahlias and write a comment. I appreciate this very much, I honestly would love to respond personally, but that would go on forever.. Thank you and God Bless:)

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        Danette Watt 

        6 years ago from Illinois

        Your opening photo caught my attention and let me to reading your hub. (and all the photos are gorgeous). I bought a dahlia plant earlier this summer and it was so pretty. Unfortunately, we had a very hot summer and it got a bit neglected so it ended up dying. Congratulations on Hub of the Day.

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        Denise Handlon 

        6 years ago from North Carolina

        Gorgeous Photographs! I love all of your tidbits and the vibrant colors you've captured.

        Congratulations on a well deserved Hub of the Day!

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        6 years ago

        Hats off to the photography and the idea of choosing this topic.

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        6 years ago

        Great hub! It was entertaining as well as informative.

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        6 years ago from Mauritius

        Hi sofs, great hub with impressive photos!!! I'm sure these flowers must look like jewels in your garden...

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        6 years ago

        very nice, l like the pictures very much

      • sofs profile imageAUTHOR


        6 years ago

        Wow, this is amazing.. I am so overwhelmed. I just want to tell everyone who has commented that this means a lot to me.. and I honestly appreciate your every comment. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

        I wish I could write to each one separately but that seems a bit too much..since I am not in the best of health at the moment. I want each person to know that I greatly value your comments .

        Thank you once again.

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        Anamika S Jain 

        6 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

        I love Dahlias. These flowers are so beautiful. We have several varieties of Dahlia plants at my Parents place.

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        6 years ago

        I flasback to my childhood after I read your hub. There were many type of dahlias at the fench at my home and neighbors'. Vote up!!

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        Gail Sobotkin 

        6 years ago from South Carolina

        Congratulations on Hub of the Day.

        What a comprehensive and interesting hub about dahlias. I had no idea there were so many varieties of dahlias, or that they were edible, or that the dahlia tubers were first used in the treatment of diabetes.

        Your photos are stunning and a great inspiration to go out and grow my own dahlias. Thanks so much for sharing this hub. Voted up across the board except for funny.

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        Cindy Murdoch 

        6 years ago from Texas

        Dahlias are really gorgeous flowers, and you have taken some beautiful pictures to show off their beauty. Dahlias were one of my grandmother's favorite flowers.

        Congratulations on hub of the day!

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        Carolyn Sands 

        6 years ago from Hollywood Florida

        Those flowers are soooo beautiful!!! Congratulations on being selected as hub of the day.

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        shea duane 

        6 years ago from new jersey

        lovely photos. great hub

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        Nicolette Goff 

        6 years ago from British Columbia

        Gorgeous photos of my favorite flowers. Great hub.

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        Stephanie Henkel 

        6 years ago from USA

        Congratulations on Hub of the Day! Your photographs are stunning! I always loved dahlias, but now I must grow them. You make it sound easy... Great hub!

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        6 years ago from Tallahassee, FL

        Wow, such beautiful flowers. Fantastic hub :)

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        Website Examiner 

        6 years ago

        Masterful work, from the champion of flower capturing!

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        6 years ago

        Great hub. These flowers are so gorgeous and I had no idea that there were so many different kinds. You taught me a lot I didn't know.

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        Imogen French 

        6 years ago from Southwest England

        Well done on your hub of the day, an interesting piece with stunning pictures - your dahlias are absolutely beautiful!

        Can I just remind readers that the single-petalled varieties of dahlia are better for bees and other nectar feeding insects than the pom-pom or double-flowered varieties, so it's a good idea to include some single types in your collection. They might not be quite as showy, but are still very beautiful.

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        Rose Clearfield 

        6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

        Great tips and beautiful photos! This is a wonderful resource. Congrats on getting Hub of the Day!

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        Susan Zutautas 

        6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        Congrats on your hub being chosen as Hub of The Day! I have always loved dahlia's but never knew that they were edible.

        I've always stored the tubers in a brown paper bag in my basement. Do you think that this hurts them at all?

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        6 years ago from USA

        I have heard my grandmother mention them, but I do not rememember her growing any. She probably did. But the pics show a beautiful flower. I wonder if flower boxes work well with these plants. I would assume they do not grow well in rocky soil.

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        6 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

        Voted up!!! Love the hub :)

      • RTalloni profile image


        6 years ago from the short journey

        Congrats on Hub of the Day--I should have seen it coming. Looking at the photos again--just amazingly beautiful. Such a special flower that you've highlighted!

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        6 years ago from Malaysia

        Beautiful photos. I didn't know that you can place cut flowers in hot water..wouldn't it damaged the stalk?

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        Elissa Joyce 

        6 years ago from US

        Great hub, Voted up.

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        vasantha T k 

        6 years ago from Bangalore

        'Lovely flowers and beautiful pictures and a nice hub for the day' Best wishes

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        6 years ago from Boston

        great hub and lovvely flowers....

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        Linda Bilyeu 

        6 years ago from Orlando, FL

        Beautiful flowers! Excellent hub! Congrats on hub of the day! :)

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        6 years ago

        That's fantastically pretty, I never realized dahlias were so beautiful.

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        6 years ago from Calapan City, Philippines

        thanks for sharing...beautiful

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        Abeer Gh 

        6 years ago from UK

        Great hub :), really worthy of being the hub of the day!love the dahlia pictures.

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        Mary Wickison 

        6 years ago from Brazil

        Congratulations on your hub of the day. My husband use to grow dahlias and they were beautiful. They soon became one of my favorites. I didn't know they were edible though, interesting hub.

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        Leeba Ann Varghese 

        6 years ago from India

        Loved those pictures..so nice that u have all these at your garden..

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        Movie Master 

        6 years ago from United Kingdom

        Hello sofs, Congratulations on Hub of the Day!

        Best wishes MM

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        6 years ago from Pakistan

        beautiful pictures keep it up!

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        6 years ago from Hawaii

        Stunning photos and a delightful topic! Dahlia blossoms are truly inspiring! Thanks for brightening my day with their beauty ;)

        P.S. Kudos on being chosen Hub of the Day!

      • sofs profile imageAUTHOR


        7 years ago

        Thank you RTalloni, dahlias are beautiful and are truly photogenic. Thank you for the read and comment, I hope you are inspired enough until the next season.. :) Best wishes to you!!

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        7 years ago from the short journey

        These are beautiful photos! I love dahlias, but have trouble growing them. I want them in my garden and to use as cut flowers, though, so you've made me start planning for next year now so I can maybe have better success. Thanks so much for sharing these and for the tips and tricks!

        Gorgeous--voted up and bookmarked.

      • sofs profile imageAUTHOR


        7 years ago

        Thank you Tsmog, Darknlovely and MsDora. It is a pleasure to hear form you. I appreciate the read and the comments. God Bless!!

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        Dora Weithers 

        7 years ago from The Caribbean

        Beautiful content, beautiful pictures. Thanks for this sharing these useful facts on dahlias. Voted up and useful.

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        7 years ago from NewYork

        Great Hub,lovely flowers

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        Tim Mitchell 

        7 years ago from Escondido, CA

        Great Article, brought a smile to me as I peeked through the home office window looking at my dahlia. I never pull up the tubers, yet it blooms every year. It is a favorite.

      • sofs profile imageAUTHOR


        7 years ago

        D.A.L you are such a generous soul.. thank you for the encouragement and comment. I shall never forget that your pictures and hubs have been my early inspiration in this direction. My request still remains.. come back to Hubpages :)

      • D.A.L. profile image


        7 years ago from Lancashire north west England

        sofs, once again you have come up with a masterpiece of information enhanced by fantastic and beautiful images. you never fail to impress. Thank you for sharing.

      • sofs profile imageAUTHOR


        7 years ago

        Snakeslane, thanks for sharing. It is okay to leave the tubers in the soil as long as they are protected, but you will find the size of the flowers becoming smaller with years and the blooms reducing in number. Storing them with peat moss as mentioned will help your tubers remain fresh and not dry out as they do when left in the open. I hope you find a way of having your dahlias bloom well for you year after year. Thanks for the sharing and the comment :)

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        Verlie Burroughs 

        7 years ago from Canada

        Nice read and great photos, thanks. Where I live it's tricky trying to keep Dahlia tubers over winter. If we store them outside they freeze, and if we bring them inside they dry out. Really need a perfect spot, like a cool basement that's not too damp to get them through the winter. Some just leave them in the ground and pile mulch on top. If planted near the house this sometimes works.

      • sofs profile imageAUTHOR


        7 years ago

        Mar, thanks for the comment.. Ha dahlias..those dahlings always make you smile.. and yes so do Kylie and teddy :)

        Have a great day yourself :)

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        Maria Jordan 

        7 years ago from Jeffersonville PA


        This is a beautiful smile maker, especially when I thought of the latest friend Kylie and Teddy had made in my series. You have such a gift with floral photography and the sharing of information.

        Voted UP & UABI-- have a peaceful day, mar.

      • sofs profile imageAUTHOR


        7 years ago

        Movie Master, knowing your love for flowers, it is a pleasure to hear from you.. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment :)

      • sofs profile imageAUTHOR


        7 years ago

        TajSingh, I am glad you liked the pictures and hope you are inspired enough to grow some Dahlias yourself. It is great to hear from you ;) Thank you :)

      • sofs profile imageAUTHOR


        7 years ago

        Paradise .. they are very easy to grow.. and I can assure you that your reward will be indeed handsome :) Very handsome :)

      • sofs profile imageAUTHOR


        7 years ago

        Ruby my dear, I am glad that you know it now, in time to get the tubers ready for the next season. thank you for the comment and the visit, you know it is always appreciated greatly. Cheers :)

      • sofs profile imageAUTHOR


        7 years ago

        Fotographer, thank you for the comment.. there is always room for improvement. I am still learning.. and appreciate all inputs .. thank you :)

      • sofs profile imageAUTHOR


        7 years ago

        Mega1, thanks for the read. I am glad that you love Dahlias so much. Here is one more tip, wash (without scrubbing) the tubers and dry and preserve them until the next season.. the plant your tubers in early spring in pots that can be taken indoors if there is a threat of frost and move the plants to your garden once they have grown big enough to transplant them. This way you will have a longer flowering season and bigger flowers can be obtained by pinching off some of the branches and buds. Good nutrition and watering is the key. Letting the tubers be in the ground causes them to divide faster, you end up having more them but too weak and less productive for the next season.

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        Movie Master 

        7 years ago from United Kingdom

        Hi Sofs, oh how I love your love of flowers!

        Your hubs and photos are amazing, thank you for sharing your hub of one of my favourite flowers.

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        7 years ago from United Kingdom

        Hi sofs. Thanks for the guide on growing dahlias. Nice photos by the way.

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        7 years ago from Upstate New York

        Lovely, lovely flowers. And they do sound really quite easy to grow! What could be better than that?

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        Ruby Jean Richert 

        7 years ago from Southern Illinois

        sofs, Dahlias are very beautiful. Your article is informative. I didn't know you could store them in peat moss in winter months, nor did i know they were edible, not that i would ever eat them, i'd much rather look at them. Thank you for sharing.


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        7 years ago

        Impressive macro photography!

        Although this is wonderfully done, but there is always a room for improvement!

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        7 years ago

        I adore my dahlias - they are a miracle. They and the lilies are real show stoppers. I didn't know I was supposed to take them up and put them in peat moss, maybe that explains why some are a bit smaller this year. I left them in the ground for 2 years. I have photos of mine too, they seem to invite closeups. For little effort they sure do a wonderful job of brightening our world. Thanks for this lovely hub.

      • sofs profile imageAUTHOR


        7 years ago

        Peggy , I appreciate the quick read and the comment. Glad you found the photographs of the show stopping dahlias beautiful :). Thank you for taking the time to comment :)

      • sofs profile imageAUTHOR


        7 years ago

        Rosemay, thank you for pointing out the mistake, I have edited it. It may have been the famous Freudian slip as they say, a single healthy dahlia plant has been known to have hundreds of blooms, truly booming with buds and flowers. I am glad that you found it useful. Thank you for the comment and the editing help, truly appreciate it :)

      • sofs profile imageAUTHOR


        7 years ago

        Diane Lockridge, Thanks for that very encouraging comment. I truly appreciate the vote up too. God Bless!!

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        Peggy Woods 

        7 years ago from Houston, Texas

        Wonderful photos of your show-stopping dahlias! I used to grow the tall ones up north years ago. They are truly beautiful. Thanks!

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        Rosemary Sadler 

        7 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

        This is a great hub and the photos are just amazing. The information you give is excellent. How to keep the tubers over winter was a really handy tip, I didn't know how to do this.

        I'm sorry but I must admit I did have a giggle when I read "Once the dahlias start booming even orchids have to take the second place" I think you mean 'blooming'

        Voted up

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        Diane Lockridge 

        7 years ago from Atlanta, GA

        Great hub! Interesting info and BEAUTIFUL photos. Good job, voted up!


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